Chalk & stickers to mark burglary targets . what to do?

Apparently, criminal gangs are using ‘secret signs’ to mark targets for burglary and they, stealing the idea from the hobo culture of the USA from years ago. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2412127/The-Da-Pinci-Code-Burglars-use-chalk-markings-outside-homes-help-criminals-target-rich-vulnerable.html I say ‘Apparently’, because, you know, you have to look at the source. But, we also have this report: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2509221/Burglars-target-homes-marked-stickers-scouts-check-streets-easy-targets.html Oh no, all panic, what should we …

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How good and how secure is your PIN?

I ran across some interesting info this evening about the results of statistical analysis on numerical passwords (Personal Identification Numbers, AKA PIN numbers, or, more correctly, just PINs) by Nick Berry, who now works as Facebook’s Data Scientist. The article is well worth a read. http://www.datagenetics.com/blog/september32012/index.html is a direct link. Or, if you prefer, he’s …

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From the old days: 5 doors, one mad bloke; A day in the life of a Warrant Locksmith

(I wrote this in 2007 and found it saved as a draft today. Not much has changed since this was written. The only thing that has gone up is the hold times… Enjoy.) Me, I’m not biased. You come across as stoned, fine, come across as mad, fine. But this guy, he was special. Like …

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Access control systems

Although really just a fancy doorbell, access control, just like a doorbell, can make your life far easier. Discreet Security has just completed an installation in Malvern for a new business. The set-up of the building meant that, with their less used conference room downstairs and the bulk of the office upstairs, people were simply …

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